Photo Finish for Monster Cup in Martinsville

Last week the Monster Energy Cup Series ran at the circuit’s largest track in Talladega; this week they run at the smallest with the First Data 500 from Martinsville Speedway.

From now until the final race in Homestead, any playoff driver that wins a race will be one of the final four drivers in the championship race.

During the first round of qualifying, Bubba Wallace slammed the wall from the driver’s side and caused significant damage to his car. He will have to start the race from the back of the field in a backup car.

Jimmie Johnson and AJ Allmendinger had their qualifying runs interrupted as a result of Bubba Wallace’s wreck.

Forty teams brought cars to Martinsville; all 40 will run in the race.

After three rounds of qualifying Kyle Busch puts his number 18 M&Ms car on the pole and will bring the field down to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the First Data 500:
Kyle Busch – in the playoffs
Clint Bowyer – in the playoffs
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola – in the playoffs
Martin Truex Jr – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field with inspection issues
Kurt Busch – in the playoffs
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano – in the playoffs
William Byron
Kevin Harvick – in the playoffs
David Ragan
Chris Buescher
Alex Bowman
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Newman
Jamie McMurray
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott – in the playoffs
Michael McDowell
Jimmie Johnson
Erik Jones
Ross Chastain
Ty Dillon
Matt Kenseth
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Regan Smith
Cole Whitt
Bubba Wallace
D.J. Kennington
J.J. Yeley
Joey Gase
Jeb Burton
Timmy Hill
Hermie Sadler
Paul Menard
Landon Cassill

Stages one and two of the race are 130 laps each with stage three lasting 240 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track.

The shortest track in the NASCAR circuit, Martinsville is also the oldest track in NASCAR with the first Cup race being run in 1949.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch.

Lap five, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Clint Bowyer in third.

Lap 10, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin. All 40 drivers are still on the lead lap.

Lap 16, Kyle Busch’s lead is now just a second over Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer is in third.

Lap 20, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap to leader Kyle Busch to just three quarters of a second.

Lap 30, Kyle Busch is still in the lead but second place driver Denny Hamlin is on his bumper; Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 31, Denny Hamlin gets around Kyle Bus h for the lead.

Lap 36, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Clint Bowyer with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 38, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap, with all 40 drivers on the track.

Jeb Burton gets into the wall and brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap 43.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road from the number one pit box.

Alex Bowman was Caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 50 and edges out Joey Logano for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 53 the top five are Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 60, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap 65. Kyle Busch leads the race by nearly a second over Joey Logano. There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 73 when Jimmie Johnson had some brake issues. Some of the drivers come down pit road for service but the teams only have nine sets of tires cor the entire race.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 77 holds on to his lead. The top five are Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 82, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Joey Logano with Denny Hamlin in third with 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 86, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with a second lead on Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano in third nearly a second and a half back.

Lap 99, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 105, Kyle Busch’s lead over Denny Hamlin at half a second with Joey Logano three seconds back.

Lap 108, After starting from the back of the field, Martin Truex Jr has moved up 19 positions.

Lap 111, the top five are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 117, Denny Hamlin finally gets around Kyle Busch to the over the lead of the race.

Lap 121 the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch.

Martin Truex Jr is running the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 126, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second over Kyle Busch.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola

Clint Bowyer and William Byron make contact on pit road and Byron’s car gets turned around. It is unknown at this time whether Bowyer has any significant damage to his car.

Clint Bowyer’s team reports that they believe the car is fine.

Ryan Blaney was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 140 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 143, Joey Logano has jumps out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Bus h in third.

Lap 147, the top five are Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer. There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 152, Joey Logano has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch with Kurt Busch in third.

Lap 157, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Joey Logano to less than a second.

Lap 167, the top five are Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 171, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Joey Logano to half a second. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr make contact when Truex makes a pass on Bowyer.

Lap 179, Joey Logano’s lead is now down to less than half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 188, Joey Logano holds on to the lead followed by the Busch brothers, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr. There are 21 cars on the lead lap with all 40 cars on the track.

Lap 197, Joey Logano has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch with Kurt Busch over two and a half seconds back.

Lap 202, there are only 20 cars on the lead lap as Joey Logano continues to lead the race.

Lap 206, while Joey Logano holds on to his lead of over a second on Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch has fallen to over three seconds behind the leader.

Lap 216, Joey Logano continues to lap cars, there are now only 18 cars on the lead lap.

The top five are Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 222, Joey Logano has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin in third.

Timmy Hill will have to serve a penalty after leaving pit road with the jack still attached to the car.

Austin Dillon and Regan Smith have to bring their cars down pit road with apparent brake issues.

Austin Dillon makes a second trip down pit road with possible suspension issues.

Lap 241, Joey Logano has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin in third.

The top five are Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 253, Joey Logano is still in the leas but Denny Hamlin has gotten around Kyle Busch for second place.

Austin Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

A struggling Kevin Harvick is fighting to stay on the lead lap.

There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 257, Denny Hamlin challenges Joey Logano for the lead.

Joey Logano wins stage two by a nose.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
AJ Allmendinger
Brad Keselowski

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

NBC Sports reports that there is rain on the way.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 270 and jumps out in front of the field for the lead.

Ryan Blaney was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 273, Joey Logano has jumped out to a lead of nearly a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch over a second behind.

Lap 277, there are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Hermie Sadler is the first car out of the race.

Lap 280, the top five are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 288, Joey Logano has a second lead on Denny Hamlin with Kurt Busch in third.

Lap 290, the top five are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 300, Joey Logano continues to dominate the race with a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin and nearly two seconds on Kurt Busch.

Lap 308, Joey Logano as a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with Martin Truex Jr in third over two seconds back.

Lap 310, Joey Logano has led 177 laps so far.

The top five are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 320, Joey Logano continues his dominance of the race with Denny Hamlin over a second behind and Martin Truex Jr in third and closing in on Hamlin.

Aric Almirola is running the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 331, Martin Truex Jr has gotten around Denny Hamlin to take second place.

The top five are Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 335, Martin Truex Jr has closed to within a third of a second on leader Joey Logano.

Matt DiBenedetto is off the track after a fire in the wheel well. There are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 342, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 345, the top five are Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 356, Martin Truex Jr has caught leader Joey Logano and is battling for the lead. Logano has led over 200 laps so far.

Lap 360, Martin True Jr finally gets around Joey Logano for the lead.

Bubba Wallace’s car is sending out sparks and gets his car down pit road.

Lap 365, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second on Joey Logano.

William Byron brings out the fifth caution flag of the day on lap 367 when he gets into the wall.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 373.

Joey Logano gets around Martin Truex Jr to take the lead on lap 374.

Timmy Hill’s car is on fire, bringing out the caution flag on lap 383 as he jumps out of the car.

The leaders stay out on the track but a few drivers come down pit road for adjustments.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 393 with Joey Logano getting out in front for the lead.

The top five are Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Larson gets into the wall with a smoking and flaming car to bring out the caution flag on lap 396.

After a long yellow for cleanup, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 414 with Joey Logano edging out Martin Truex Jr for the lead. And the sun has returned to Martinsville after a forecast for rain.

Brad Keselowski battles Joey Logano for the lead and finally gets around Logano for the lead.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Bus h, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 434, Kyle Busch passes Denny Hamlin for third.

Lap 434, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 437, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano with Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 443, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Joey Logano with Denny Hamlin in third.

Denny Hamlin battles Joey Logano for second place.

Fifty to go, Brad Keselowski has a two and a half second lead on second place driver Joey Logano. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano continue to battle for second place.

Lap 454, Brad Keselowski now has a lead of over three seconds as Denny Hamlin finally passes Logano for second.

Clint Bowyer brings out the caution flag when he spins out.

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 463with Joey Logano getting out in front.

Less than 40 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting very aggressive on the track with plenty of beating and banging.

Joey Logano leads the race, Brad Keselowski is in second; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 475, Brad Keselowski has caught up to leader Joey Logano and is challenging for the lead.

Twenty to go, Joey Logano is in the lead but team mate Brad Keselowski on his bumper.

Lap 483, Brad Keselowski battles Joey Logano for the lead as the leaders encounter slower traffic.

Martin Truex Jr gets around Kyle Busch to take third and is closing in on the leaders.

Brad Keselowski continues to battle Joey Logano for the lead with Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch joining in on the battle.

Ten to go, Martin Truex Jr battles Brad Keselowski for second and takes over second place. Truex sets his sights on Joey Logano.

Seven to go, Martin Truex Jr is stalking leader Joey Logano.

Five to go, Logano and Truex are side by side as they battle for the lead.

Three to go, Truex and Logano are still battling for the lead.

Looking for his first short track win in Monster Cup, Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag but Joey Logano battles back and wins the race to become the first driver in the championship four at Miami-Homestead.

The unofficial results of the First Data 500:
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Jimmie ohnson
Chris Buescher
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Dillon
Jamie McMurray
Alex Bowman
David Ragan
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Paul Menard
Matt Kenseth
Cole Whitt
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
D.J. Kennington
Regan Smith
Ross Chastain
Austin Dillon
J.J. Yeley
Landon Cassill
Jeb Burton
Bubba Wallace
Joey Gase
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Larson
Timmy Hill
William Byron
Hermie Sadler

Knockout Rounds Continue on ‘The Voice’

It’s night two of the Knockout Rounds and mentor Mariah Carey.

Blake and Kelly have used their one steal and Adam and Jennifer have used their save on the first night.

Jennifer gets things started with a battle between Franc West with “Call Out My Name” and Tyshawn Colquitt with “Pillowtalk”. Saying Oh my gosh, Kelly noted that Tyshawn’s range is insane. Adam said that both guys gave infectious performances; adding that they were dead even. Blake noted that Tyshawn’s range is unbelievable. Jennifer noted that Tyshawn’s voice has no end to it and Franc’s voice cuts like a knife and demands attention. Jennifer said that she wished both guys could stay. Jennifer chose Franc as the winner of the battle. Jennifer noted that she would have saved Tyshawn if she had a save and Kelly noted that she would have stolen Tyshawn if she had a steal.

Kelly paired Abby Cates with the Kelly Clarkson song “Because of You” and Claire DeJean with the Shawn Mendes song “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”. Jennifer noted that Kelly couldn’t go wrong either way. Adam said that both girls were great and both of them delivered. Kelly said that both of them filled a similar vein and she could only keep one of them. After taking all of their performances in account, Kelly named Abby Cates as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Blake paired Country guys Dave Fenley with the Lionel Richie song “Stuck on You” and Kameron Marlowe with the reggae themed song “I Shot the Sherirf”. Jennifer noted that they got the audience revved up. Calling it a hard pairing, Kelly noted that both guys are different but both are also great and equal. Saying that he didn’t like it, Blake noted that both were Country guys but chose not to do a Country song. Blake chose Dave as the winner of the battle. Adam used his steal on Kameron. Adam is the first coach to use both his save and steal.

The Knockout Rounds conclude next week.

Knockout Rounds:
Team Adam:
Tyke James
Reagan Strange
Radha – save
Kameron Marlowe – steal

Team Kelly:
Keith Paluso – steal
Kymberlie Joye
Zaxai

Abby Cates

Team Blake:
Natasia Greycloud – steal
Funsho
Dave Fenley

Team Jennifer:
MaKenzie Thomas
Patrique Fortson
Sandyred – save
Franc West

Halloween Night on DWTS

On Sunday night the Juniors got in the Halloween spirit to kick of a two night Halloween event. On Monday night the adults continue the frightful dances for their ghoulish celebration of All Hallow’s Eve.

The night of dance opened with the eight remaining couples performed a group dance to a modern version of “Purple People Eater” that was choreographed by Emmy Award winner Mandy Moore.

Zombie star Milo and Witney get the night of freaks and frights started off with a Contemporary dance straight out of the insane asylum. Witney called it one of the creepiest dances she has ever choreographed. With rousing applause, host Tom Bergeron said “two dance over the cuckoo’s nest;” adding what a way to start off the night. Head judge Len Goodman is known as a traditionalist when it comes to Ballroom dancing and is not a big fan of Jazz and Contemporary dance; but this routine had Len spellbound and held his attention. Bruno called the dance mind bending, insanely good, and brilliantly twisted. Calling the dance so impressive, Carrie Ann said that it was a beautifully mature performance and Milo was in control. Carrie Ann called them a dynamic duo. Saying that the dance was awesome, Erin noted that the dance looked professional. Milo and Witney opened the show with a perfect score of 30 points.

John and Emma went back in time to ancient England for their Paso Doble with John as Henry VIII and Emma his beheaded wife Ann Boleyn. After the dance, Emma was very excited over John’ performance. Calling the routine a historical tragedy, Bruno said that John attacked the dance like a war horse but had many mistakes. Noting that she could see how much effort John was making, Carrie Ann said that although the dance was filled with content and shapes, it was one of John’s roughest dances. Len said that everything John did in hold was terrific but things went a bit cranky when they were apart. Erin said that she thought the dance was freaking awesome. Emma called it an epic dance and John slayed it. John and Emma scored 19 points for their dance.

DeMarcus and Lindsay went to the graveyard or their Salsa that started out with the girls in coffins. Carrie Ann said that DeMarcus lit up the Ballroom; adding that he did every step with clairity. Len said that the dance was full of rhythm and choreography; adding that DeMarcus lept up with the Troupe guys and had a breakthrough tonight. Bruno said that DeMarcus was so tight that he looked like a part of the Troupe; adding that DeMarcus was firing on all cylinders. DeMarcus and Lindsay scored 26 points for their dance.

Evanna and Keo performed a Tango to “Disturbia”. Tom noted that they wanted to change things up and it looked like they did. Len said that the dance had plenty of Tango content; adding that it was sharp, crisp, and full on. Len said that Evanna came out and sold the dance. Bruno said that Evanna went from a tame pussy cat to a wild panther. Bruno said that the dance was strong and sexy with beautiful lines. Saying that Evanna was on fire, Carrie Ann said that Evanna nailed it and was so fierce tonight. Erin said that Evanna looked smoking hot. Evanna and Keo scored 29 points for their dance.

The award winning dance troupe Jabbewakeez performed.

Bobby and Sharna dances an Argentine Tango to a spooky version of The Chordettes hit song “Mr. Sandman”. Bruno called it an Argentine nightmare; adding that Bobby had some chilling storytelling. Calling it intriguing, Bruno said that the dance read more like a Contemporary routine than an Argentine Tango. Calling the dance bizarre, Carrie Ann said that it was Bobby’s best dance so far and mesmerized her. While the dance had mood and atmosphere, Len wanted more Argentine Tango content; adding that he liked the feel of the dance. Erin agreed and said that it was Bobby’s best dance. Calling Sharna a role model, Bobby gave all the credit for his success to Sharna. Bobby and Sharna scored 22 points for their dance.

Married couple Allison Holker and Twitch led a dance group in a performance by Freeform.

Mary Lou and Sasha performed a Tango with Sasha as the student and Mary Lou as the teacher. Carrie Ann noted that the dance got away from Mary Lou a little bit and lacked a bit of elegance. While the dance was full of Tango content, Len said that he wanted a little cleaner feet. Saying that he liked the dance, Bruno noted that Mary Lou always delivers what’s on the menu – this week a Tango. Mary Lou and Sasha scored 24 points for their dance.

After revealing that she has feelings for her dance partner in the video package, Alexis and Alan performed a Jazz routine to the music of “Candy Man”. Len said that candy is dandy and so was that dance; adding that it had a lot of content and was fun. Bruno called it a Halloween treat with enough sugar to last a lifetime; adding that Alexis is an all American dancing beauty. Carrie Ann said that Alexis lights up the dance floor in a sweet way. Alexis and Alan scored 27points for their dance.

Joe and Jenna performed an Argentine Tango to a Halloween themed “Roxanne” with Joe as Frankenstein and Jenna his bride. Tom said that the routine looked pretty good. Saying that the dance didn’t scare him, Bruno noted that the dance did look like an Argentine Tango and Joe’s timing was the best yet. A blown away Carrie Ann, noted a bi change this week with Joe finishing every move. Len called it Joe’s best dance so far. With the cast shouting Joe, Joe, Joe; Joe and Jenna earned their highest score this season with 22 points.

Finishing out the night, Juan Pablo and Cheryl performed an Egyptian mummy themed Jive. Juan Pablo said that he always makes his own Halloween costumes and designed his own costume for the dance. He was the first person to sketch a design of his own costume. Tom noted that it was a great way to finish the show. Carrie Ann called the dance sheer perfection. Len said that the balance between theme and dance was right; adding that Juan Pablo got the how of technique and the wow of performance. Len said that there was nothing he didn’t like in the routine. Calling it a triumph for the Pharaoh, Bruno said that the Jive was spot on and perfection all the way through. Ending the night as it began, Juan Pablo and Cheryl earned a perfect score of 30 for their dance.

Halloween Night scores:
John and Emma – 19
Bobby and Sharna – 22
Joe and Jenna – 22
Mary Lou and Sasha – 24
DeMarcus and Lindsay – 26
Alexis and Alan – 27
Evanna and Keo – 29
Milo and Witney – 30
Juan Pablo and Cheryl – 30

After a week of no one going home, Mary Lou and Sasha and for the second time Alexis and Alan found themselves in jeopardy of going home.

Tom revealed that the couple going home this week is Mary Lou and Sasha.

Next week it’s a Country theme with special guest performances.

Knockouts Begin on ‘The Voice’

The battle are over and now it is time for the Knockout Rounds on “The Voice”. This season, the artists are being mentored by award winning singer Mariah Carey.

The winners of this round will move on to the live playoff rounds where fans will finally get a chance to have their say.

The coaches get only one steal or this round…and one save.

In the knockout rounds, the artists get to choose their own songs.

Team Adam gets the knockouts started with a battle between Keith Paluso singing “You Are the Best Thing” and Tyke James with “Ring of Fire”. Blake said that he has visions of Tyke surfing; adding that he gave a cool version of the song and it felt authentic. Blake said that Keith did a great job. Jennifer thought that Adam should pick both guys. Kelly noted that Keith sounded so vulnerable; and noting that Tyke was so young. Adam said that Keith did a fantastic job but Tyke has so many layers to him. Adam chose Tyke as the winner of the battle. Kelly and Adam pushed to steal Keith. Saying that Kelly’s energy is infectious, Keith joined his third team when he chose Kelly to be his coach.

Cody Ray has left the show due to personal reasons. As a result, Kelly has a knockout battle with three singers with one of them going home. Kymberlie Joye sang “The Middle”, Natasia Greycloud sand “Tennessee Whiskey”, and Zaxai sang the Smokey Robinson hit “Cruisin’”. Adam said that Zaxai made the falsetto look easy, Natasia sang her heart out, and Kymberlie was unbelievable. Blake said that they al delivered. Kelly said that she was lucky to have Kymberlie on her team. Kelly called Natasia a force and Zaxai was incredible. Kelly named Kymberlie as the first winner in the battle. And after muck delay and tribulation, she named Zaxai as the second winner of the battle. Blake pushed to steal Natasia and Kelly jumped in his lap.

Jennifer paired MaKenzie Thomas with her own version of “How Deep is Your Love” and Mike Parker with “Break Even”. Kelly said that Mike had a cool song choice and version of the song; adding that MaKenzie gave hr a leg cramp Adam said that Mike has great tone and ability. Blake called MaKenzie fun to watch. Jennifer called MaKenzie a skilled singer and Mike a smart singer; adding that both of them have a future. Jennifer named MaKenzie the winner of the battle.

Adam paired Radha with “I’ll Be There” and Reagan Strange with “Dancing on My Own” for a battle. Blake noted that Radha has a fast vibrato…like Gwen (Stefani); but Reagan takes it to another level. Blake said that he is a fan of both singers. Jennifer said that Radhas reminds her of Celine Dion and Reagan hit every beat of the song. Kelly noted that Reagan’s song choice was perfect for her. Adam called Radha a powerhouse; adding that Reagan made a gutsy song choice. Saying that he is going with the person who dazzles him, Adam chose Reagan as the winner of the battle. Adam used his save on Radha.

Blake aired Funsho with “Earned It” and Katrina Cain with “Don’t Let Me Down” for a battle. Kelly said that there is something captivating about Katrina but Funsho is a beast. Adam called Funsho an exciting performer. Calling it an extra tough one, Blake said that he felt Katrina’s song had her a bit handcuffed but Funsho blew him away. Blake chose Funsho as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Jennifer paired up Sandyred with “Dangerous Woman” and Patrique Fortson with “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” for a battle. Kelly called Sandyred straight up fire; adding the song was insane. After throwing a shoe for Sandyred, Adam noted that she impressed them all from the start; adding a very fast scenario of what would happen. Blake said that he is a big fan of both singers. Jennifer called Patrique a beast; adding that Sandyred sold the moment. Jennifer said that both singers sang their faces off. After choosing Patrique as the winner of the battle, Jennifer pushed her button to save Sandyred.

Knockout Rounds:
Team Adam:
Tyke James
Reagan Strange
Radha – save

Team Kelly:
Keith Paluso – steal
Kymberlie Joye
Zaxai

Team Blake:
Natasia Greycloud – steal
Funsho

Team Jennifer:
MaKenzie Thomas
Patrique Fortson
Sandyred – save

Halloween Night on DWTS: Juniors

The kids of “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” kick off a two night Halloween extravaganza with Spooktacular themed dances.

The remaining couples kick off the night of dance with a group routine.

First out on the dance floor was Akash and Kamri with an Argentine Tango to “Weird Science”. Akash becomes a mad scientist who dances with his robot creation. Host Jordan Fisher said that the dance was so good. After saying that it was a great way to start the show, Mandy said that it was a very strong routine and some of the best dancing so far from Akash. Adam noted how Akash loves coming out every week to dance. Noting that the Argentine Tango is a really mature dance that is about the chemistry between partners, Val called it one of Akash’s best dances this season. Akash and Kamri scored 21 points for their dance.

Mandla and Brightyn performed a Charleston to “itch Doctor” that Jordan said had incredible energy. Adam noted that every week Mandla works really hard and it shows; adding that Mandla is on the right track. Saying that they did a good job, Val noted that they came out and game more Charleston content then the entire state of South Carolina. Mandy said that the dance was sharp and had electricity. Mandla and Brightyn scored 23 points for their dance.

McKenzie and Sage channeled their inner zombie for a Jive to the Halloween hit “Monster Mash”. Saying that they had a monster of a time, Jordan called it an awesome Jive. Noting that he was glad they were having fun, Val called McKenzie a powerhouse; adding it was an amazing dance. Mandy said that all in all she loved it but cautioned McKenzie on her moves going into the tricks. Adam said that they looked terrible and he loved it; adding that he was impressed at how quick and fun the dance was. McKenzie and Sage scored 25 points for their dance.

Jason had to channel his inner vampire for his Argentine Tango with Elliana. Jordan called the routine so scary and fantastic. Saying that the routine was incredible, Mandy noted that every week Jason comes out and understands more and more about the dances. Adam noted that Jason is in it to win it. Val called it a leading rolesque performance; adding that Jason controlled the dance. Calling the dance amazing, co-host Frankie Muniz said that it was his favourite dance this season from Jason. Jason and Elliana scored 25 points for their dance.

Ariana and Artyon performed a Paso Doble. Adam noted that every week Ariana comes out strong; adding that while her dancing is good, she needs to put more acting into her dances. Adam called Ariana an excellent actress. Val called Ariana a superstar actress but he was missing some of the Paso. Mandy noted that the dance was hard hitting; but added that Ariana can do more. Ariana and Artyon scored 22 points for their dance.

Alana and Tristan went ghost hunting with their Jazz dance to “Ghostbusters” that included them getting slimed at the end of the dance. Saying that they did a great job, Val called the dance really entertaining. Mandy noted that Jazz dance was about weight transfer and musicality; saying that Alana did that. Adam noted that every week Alana comes out and gives it 100 percent. Alana and Tristan scored 21 points for their dance.

Sky and JT danced a Jive to “Little Shop of Horrors”. Calling it a fabulous Jive, Mandy said that the dance had a bit of danger and kept her on the edge of her seat. Noting that they stepped it up, Adam said that they did such a great job with an awesome performance. Noting that Alan put a great routine together, Val said that the duo did a great job. Sky and Jt scored 26 points for their dance.

In the last dance of the night, Miles and Rylee danced a Samba to “I Want Candy” that included mentor Lindsay playing a person who answers the knock on the door and giant pieces of “candy” falling from the ceiling at the end of the dance. Jordan called it an amazing Samba. Adam said that Miles danced like a pro. Agreeing with Adam, Val noted that they did a proper Samba. Mandy said that there was magic in the performance; adding that Miles is transforming before their eyes. Earning the highest score of the night, Miles and Rylee scored 27 points for their dance.

Halloween Night scores:
Akash and Kami – 21
Alana and Tristan – 21
Ariana and Artyon – 22
Mandal and Brightyn – 23
McKenzie and Sage – 25
Jason and Elliana – 25
Sy and JT – 26
Miles and Rylee – 27

After the judges scores and the audience votes, Alana and Tristan were eliminated from the competition.

The DWTS: Juniors are taking off next week to make room for a 90th anniversary celebration of Mickey Mouse.

2018 soul Train Award Nominees

For many years, “Soul Train” hosted by Don Cornelius was R&B’s answer to the pop oriented “American Bandstand” with Dick Clark. The Soul Train Awards celebrate the best in R&B, Soul, and HipHop music.

The annual awards gala will be held on November 17 in Los Angeles for airing on the new BET Network, BET HER on November 25.

Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will share the hosting duties for this year’s award ceremonies.

New R&B star H.E.R tops the list with seven nominations. Award winning artist Bruno Mars and Cardi B tie for six nominations each. SZA, Ella Mai, and Daniel Caesa also earned multiple award nominations.

Along with the usual presentations, the Soul Train Awards is presenting two special awards this year…
Grammy Award winning entertainer Erykah Badu will receive the Legend Award.
Grammy Award inning singer will receive the Lady of Soul Award.

The nominees or the 2018 Soul Train Awards:
Best New Artist:
Daniel Caesar
Jorja Smith
Kali Uchis
Leon Thomas
Normani
Queen Naija

Soul Train Certified Award:
Ashanti
Jorja Smith
Ledisi
Lenny Kravitz
MAJOR
Tamia

Best R&B or Soul Female Artist:
Beyonce
Ella Mai
H.E.R.
Mariah Carey
SZA

Best R&B or Soul Male Artist:
Bruno Mars
Childish Gambino
Daniel Caesar
John Legend
Khalid
Tank

Best Gospel or Inspirational Award:
Andra Day
Kirk Franklin
Lecrae
Snoop Dogg
Tori Kelly

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year:
“I Like It” by Cardi B with Bad Bunny and Balvin
“This is America” by Childish Gambino
“No Brainer” by DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo
“In My Feelings” by Drake
“Apeshit” by The Carters

Song of the Year:
“Finesse” by Bruno with Cardi B
“Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai
“Every Kind of Way” by H.E.R.
“The Weekend” by SZA
“Come Over” by The Internet

Album or Mixtape of the Year:
“The Kids are Alright” by Chloe X Halle
“Heartbreak on a Full Moon” by Chris Brown
“H.E.R.” by H.E.R.
“Good Thing” by Leon Bridges
“War & Leisure” by Miguel
“Hive Mind” by The Internet

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award:
“Finesse” by Bruno Mars with Cardi B
“Summertime Magic” by Childish Gambino
“Best Part” by Daniel Caesar with H.E.R.
“Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai
“Focus” by H.E.R.
“Broken Clocks” by SZA

Best Dance Performance:
“Finesse” by Bruno Mars with Cardi B.
“Tempo” by Chris Brown
“Level Up” by Ciara
“Walking Trophy” by HoodCelebrityy
“Made for Now” by Janet Jackson with Daddy Yankee

Best Collaboration Performance:
Bruno Mars and Cardi B for “Finesse”
Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. For “Best Part”
John Legend and BloodPop for “A Good Night”
Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign, and 6lack for “OTW”
SZA and Kendrick Lamar for “Doves in the Wind”

Video of the Year:
“Finesse” by Bruno Mars with Cardi B
“Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai
“Avenue” by H.E.R.
“Broken Clocks” by SZA
“Come Over” by The Internet

feature photo credit: by Unknown – soultrain.com

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has recently released an album – “Sweetener” – which has reached the top of the Billboard album charts.

Next spring, Grande is embarking on a “Sweetener” tour around North America.

Being billed a world tour, more dates are expected to be released soon.

Tickets for the North American dates go on sale in early November.

Ariana Grande tour dates:
March 18 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
March 20 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
March 22 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
March 25 at the Capitol One Arena in Washington DC
March 26 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 28 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
March 30 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
April 1 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
April 3 at the Scoitabank Arena in Toronto, ON
April 5 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
April 7 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
April 10 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
April 12 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
April 13 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
April 15 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
April 17 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
April 18 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE
April 20 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
April 22 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
April 25 at the Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
April 27 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
April 30 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
May 2 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
May 3 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
May 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
May 10 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
May 14 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
May 17 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
May 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
May 21 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
May 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, OK
May 25 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
May 28 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
May 29 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
May 31 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
June 4 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
June 7 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
June 8 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
June 10 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
June 12 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
June 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY

Dominating Run for CWTS at Martinsville

The Camping World Truck Series returns to the track this week with the Texas Roadhouse 200 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Martinsville marks the first race in the round of six with Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Justin Haley, and Matt Crafton all looking to clinch their spot in the final four for the Championship race in Homestead.

After inclement weather cancelled both practice sessions on Friday, The drivers take to the paperclip of Martinsville Speedway for three rounds of qualiying. Eighteen year old Todd Gilliland puts his number four truck on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag for the first time. Newly turned 18 year old Harrison Burton will start the race alsong side team mate Todd Gilliland on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Texas Roadhouse 200:
Todd Gilliland
Harrison Burton
Noah Gragson
Ben Rhodes
Kyle Benjamin
Grant Enfinger
Austin Hill
Johny Sauter
Timothy Peters
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Christian Eckes
Justin Haley
Parer ligerman
Sheldon Creed
Myatt Snider
Brett Moffitt
John Hunter Nemeche
Tyler Ankrum
Chad Finley
Kyle Donahue
Jeb Burton
Dawson Cram
D.J. Kennington
Tyler Dippel
Ordan Anderson
Chase Purdy
Justin Fontaine
Austin Wayne Self
Tanner Thorson
Brad Foy
Jennifer Jo Cobb

With 35 teams at the speedway or 32 on track positions three drivers failed to qualify for the race; Norm Benning, Ray Ciccarelli, and Landon Huffman.

A short race, stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps or a total of 200 laps around the half mile track.

The drivers can run around 130 laps on a single load of fuel. Some drivers are planning on making just one pit stop during the race.

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kurt Busch joins the FOX Sports broadcast crew for the race.

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start o the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead of the race.

Lap two, the top five are Todd Gilliland, Harrison Burton, Ben Rhodes, Noah Gragson, and Grant Enfinger.

Lap three Gran Enfinger gets around Noah Gragson for fourth place with Todd Gilliland out in front by nearly a second on Harrison Burton.

Lap six Tanner Thorson is the first truck to go a lap down.

Lap seven, Todd Gilliland has a one second lead on Harrison Burton; Ben Rhodesm Grant Enfinger, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 10 Tanner Throson is off the track.

Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Harrison Burton.

Lap 18, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Busch Motorsports team mate Harrison Burton; Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. Points leader Johnny Sauter is in sixth place.

Lap 21 Todd Gilliland has dominated the race and led every lap so far with Harrison Burton following behind in second.

The top three drivers – Todd Gilliland, Harrison Burton, and Ben Rhodes – have run the same spots since the race began.

Lap 26, Todd Gilliland has a lead of over a second and a half as he begins to lap traffic. There are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 30, Second place driver Harrison Burton has closed the gap on leader Todd Gilliland to just a second with Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Lap 32, Todd Gilliland’s lead is down to under a second over Harrison Burton. Johnny Sauter has moved up to fourth place.

Lap 34, for the first time in the race the top three team mates have been broken up with Johnny Sauter in third behind Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton.

With the field under caution after Chad Finely spins out and hits the wall, several of the drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

With nine laps remaining in the stage, Johnny Sauter is now the leader of the race with Noah Gragson second; Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 43 with Johnny Sauter getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 43, the top five are Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Matt Craffton, Ben Rhodes, and Kyle Benjamin.

With five laps remaining in stage one, there are 25 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 46, Johnny Sauter has a half second lead on Noah Gragson; Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, and Kyle Benjamin round out the top five.

Johnny Sauter wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Johny Sauter
Noah Gragson
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Kyle Benjamin
Grant Enfinger
Tyler Ankrum
Timothy Peters
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley

Some drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service.

After staying out on the track, Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 61 and edging out Noah Gragson for the lead.

The top five are Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Harrison,

The caution flag comes out on lap 62 after Stewart Friesen spins with a flat tire. His truck stalls out and has difficult getting it started. He is now a lap down.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 67 and holds on to his lead of the race.

The top five are Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gilliland.

Lap 73, Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race with Noah Gragson in second; Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gillialnd round out the top five.

Lap 76, Johnny Sauter has a one second lead on Noah Gragson with 25 trucks on the lead lap. Chad Finley is out of the race.

Lap 80, Johnny Sauter leads by a second; Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, and Todd Gililand round out the top five.

Lap 84, Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race with Noah Gragson in second and Matt Craton in third.

With only 12 laps remaining in stage two, the drivers are getting aggressive on the track ass they vie for space on the track. There re 24 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 90, Johnny Sauter’s lead is down to just half a second on Noah Gragson with Todd Gilliland in third; Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 94, Johnny Sauter’s lead is down to under half a second on Noah Gragson.

Johnny Sauter sweeps the stages by winning stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Johnny Sauter
Noah Gragson
John Hunter Nemechek
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Timothy Peters
Justin Haley
Brett Moffitt
Harrison Burton

Halfway through the race, the drivers make their pit stops. Johnny Sauter wins the race off of pit road, even beating out the drivers who took only two tires.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 112 and goes side by side with Kyle Benjamin before getting out in front for the lead on lap 113; Myatt Snider, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

After making contact with Myatt Snider, John Hunter Nemechek’s truck is smoking with a possible cut tire.

Lap 117, Johnny Sauter has a half second lead on Kyle Benjamin; Myatt Snider, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. Pole sitter Todd Gilliland is in sixth place.

Lap 120, Johnny Sauter has a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Benjamin. Ben Rhodes gets around John Hunter Nemechek with Todd Gilliland and Justin Haley coming along top put Nemechek in seventh. Brett Moffitt passes Nemechek for seventh.

Lap 123, Johnny Sauter holds on to his lead over Kyle Benamin while drivers behind him are beating and banging for position.

Lap 126, Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Benjamin; Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 130, Johnny Sauter has increased his lead to over two seconds on Kyle Benjamin; Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes, and Justin Haley round out the top five. There are 24 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 132, Johnny Sauter’s lead is now over two and a half seconds on Kyle Benjamin.Lap 136,Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Benjamin; Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Since race leader Johnny Sauter took the lead back in stage one, he has dominated the race; on lap 140, he has led 94 laps so far.

Lap 142, Johnny Sauter’s lead is approaching four seconds on Kyle Benjamin.

Lap 145, Johnny Sauter is driving away with the race, he now has a four second lead on Kyle Benjamin; Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

FOX Sports broadcasters report that Johnny Sauter’s four and a half second lead on lap 149, is the largest lead in over three years at Martinsville.

Lap 150, Johnny Sauter is driving “like he stole it” with a lead of 4.69 seconds on Kyle Benjamin; Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 152, the caution flag comes out when Dawson Cram spins out. The yellow flag erases a near five second lead by leader Johnny Sauter.

A few drivers come down pit road for adjustments but the leaders stay out on the track.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 159 and gets edged out by Myatt Snider for the lead but the caution flag quickly comes out when Grant Enfinger spins out. Chase Purdy also spins out after the trucks are crunched up on the restart.

Myatt Snider brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap.

Rookie of the Year candidate Myatt Snider brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 167 but it is Johnny Sauter that edges out for the lead with Myatt Snider on his bumper.

Lap 168, the top five are Johnny Sauter, Myatt Snider, Kyle Benjamin, Brett Moffitt, and Ben Rhodes.

Lap 170, Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a half second lead on Myatt Snider.

Lap 172, Johnny Sauter continues to slowly increase his gap on Myatt Snider.

Lap 174, Johnny Sauter’s lead is now over a second on Myatt Snider; Brett Moffitt, Kyle Benjamin, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 177, Johnny Sauter is approaching a lead of a second and a half on Myatt Snider.

John Hunter Nemeche brings his truck down pit road and heads for the garage.

Lap 180, Johnny Sauter’s lead is approaching two seconds on Myatt Snider with Brett Moffitt in third.

Lap 182, Johnny Sauter has a lead of over two seconds on Myatt Snider; Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, and Kyle Benjamin round out the top five.

Lap 185, Johnny Sauter has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Myatt Snider. Brett Moffitt passes Myatt Snider for second.

Lap 187, Johnny Sauter has a lead of over three seconds on Brett Moffitt.

Ten to go, Johnny Sauter has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Brett Moffitt; Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes, and Kyle Benjamin round out the top five.

Only five laps remain in the race, Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a lead of nearly four seconds on Brett Moffitt.

With a lead of just under four seconds, Johnny Sauter takes the white flag.

Johnny Sauter wins the race at Martinsville. This is his sixth win of the season and his fourth career win at Martinsville; which gives him the record for most truck wins at Martinsville. The win also puts Sauter in the final four at Homestead-Miami.

Johnny Sauter led 148 of the 200 laps in the race.

The unofficial resutls of the Texas Roadhouse 200
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
Myatt Snider
Ben Rhodes
Kyle Benjamin
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Harrison Burton
Christian Eckes
Timothy Peters
Stewart Friesen
Todd Gilliland
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Jeb Burton
Parker Kligerman
Tyler Dippel
Tyler Ankrum
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Chase Purdy
Kyle Donahue
Austn Wayne Self
Dawson Cram
D.J. Kennington
Jordan Anderson
Justin Fontaine
Brad Foy
Jennifer Jo Cobb
John Hunter Nemechek
Tanner Thorson
Chad Finley

New Music Friday – Oct 26

With the holidays just two months away, this week in New Music Friday the list of new albums includes new holiday releases among the near 100 new releases including Robyn, Andrea Bocelli, Pentatonix, Thom Yorke, Josh Turner, Chris Tomlin, Boy George and Culture Club, Kelsea Ballerini, Jessie James Decker, Keith Sweat, David Crosby, The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, and Gwen Stefani.

Albums:
“Honey” by Robyn
“Si” by Andrea Bocelli – an English and a Spanish version
“Christmas is Here” by Pentatonix
“BALLADS 1” by Joji
Music for the Luca Guadagnino film “Suspiria” by Thom Yorke
“Young & Dangerous” by The Struts
“3 (The Purple Album)” by Lukas Graham
“Up Next Session: NCT 127” by NCT 127
“Own It” by Francesca Battistelli
“12 Bloody Spies B-Sides and Rarities” by Chevelle
“I Serve a Savior” by Josh Turner
“LoVE me NOw” by Tory Lanez
“Hard Times and White Lines by Whitey Morgan and the 78’s
“Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs for the Season” by Ingrid Michaelson
“NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 68” by Various Artists
“Holy Roar” by Chris Tomlin
“mono.” by RM
“Life” by Boy George & Culture Club
“Unapologetically” by Kelsea Ballerini
“On this Holiday” by Jessie James Decker
“Mona Lisa” by Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz
“Geist” by The Browning
“MIH-TY” by MihTy, Jeremih, and Ty Dolla $ign
“Before It’s Too Late” by NR
“Pieces of a Man” by Mick Jenkins
“Hell on an Angel” by Dillon Carmichael
“Vector” by Haken
“Playing for Keeps” by Keith Sweat
“Here if You Listen” by David Crosby
“9” by Saves the Day
“Monte Sagrado” by Draco Rosa
“Signals” by Devour the day
“Defy Gravity” by The Elovaters
“The Beast You Feed” by VERIDIA
“Gangsta Conversation” by TK Kirland
“Jumping over Rocks” by Jamie Lin Wilson
“Fudge Sandwich” by Ty Segall
“Sincerely, Tokyo” by MadeinTYO
“Saturn” by Nao
“Back Holes” by The Blue Stones
“Better Moments” by Boys at Fall
“You Won’t Get What You Want” by Daughters
“Ra Vrs Rait” by Wala Why
“Tusk II” by Royal tusk
“The Arrow of Satan is Drawn” by Bloodbath
“The Black Light” by The Ting Tings
“MASTERS OF THE SUN VOL. 1” by The Black Eyed Peas
“Jubilee Road” by Tom Odell
“Together for the Gospel IV” Live by Sovereign Grace Music
“WOMAN – The 9th Album” by BoA
“Keep Walkin’ Pal” by Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds
“Forza Horizon 4: Hospital Soundtrack” by Various Artists
“Upon Desolate Sands” by Hate Eternal
“The White Album” by Morgan James
“A Legendary Christmas” by John Legend
“Skinny Dipping” by Stand Atlantic
“Aviary” by Julia Holter
“Lon Ago and Far Away” Live by Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau
“Shadow Work” by Warrel Dane
“Modern Alchemy” by Zayde Wolf
“Only Ticket Home” by Gavin James
“You Make it Feel Like Christmas”by Gwen Stefani
“Goners” by Laura Gibson
“Love in the Time of E-Mail” by Antarctigo Vespucci
“Brincale al Toro” by Ulices Chaidez
“Stand By Me” by The Kingdom Choir
“Overload” by Georgia Ann Muldrow
“Premonitions” by Miya Folick
“Thunderbolt and Lightning” by Marc Martel
“MTV Unplugged (Live in Mebourne)” by Gang of Youths
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” by James Newton Howard
“I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You…” by Oh Pep!
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Boy Erased” by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurruaabs
“Salt” by Mr. Twin Sister
“IC-01 Hanoi” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
“Chasing Gold” by Dustin Tebbutt
“En Vivo Desde Culiacan” by Codigo FN
“A Walk Through Jackson County” by Arlington
“Hood Presidents” by Philthy Rich and Prezi
“Feeling Strangely Fine” 20th Anniversary Edition by Semisonic
“Lie Ain’t Always Roses” by E^ST
“Empress” by Ray Blk
“Crush Crusher”By Ian Sweet
“Alone at Last” by Tasha
“Man on Fire” by Thutmose
“Crooked House” by Crooked Man
“Mahler: Symphony No. 6” by MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis
“Story to Tell” by Fetty Luciano
“DRAGON MENTALITY” by Elley Duhe
“Hopeless Romantic” by Kevin George

EP’s:
“Still Breathing” by Fight the Fury
“The Bonner Family” by The Bonner Family
“Kids at Play” by Louis the Child
“Fyi” by Avery Wilson
“Boygenius” by Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus
“Stripped” by Dylan Scott
“Love & Affliction” by Kwaye
“Daydrift” y Falcons and B. Lewis

 

BPO Goes to Broadway with Legacy Concert

In conjunction with the The ASCAP – American Society of Composer Authors, and Publishers – Foundation, Spot on Entertainment, and Michael A. Kerker; the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presented the music of Jerry Herman with the Broadway Legacy concert on October 19 and 20.

New BPO conductor Todd Craven led the BPO; veteran performers and vocalists Klea Blackhurt, Debbie Gravitte, Scott Coulter, and Ron Rains; along with pianist John Boswell in a concert of songs from the Jerry Herman Broadway musicals “Mame”, “Mack and Mabel”, “La Cage aux Folles”, “The rand Tour”, “Milk and Honey”, “Dear World” and “Hello Dolly”.

After opening the program with an overture that featured a medley of Jerry Herman songs; the concert included “It’s Today”, “Wherever He Ain’t”, “Look What Happened to Mabel”, “Song on the Sand”, “You I Like”, “Shalom”, “It Only Takes a Moment”, “I Don’t Wnat to Know”, “If He Walked into My Life”, “Mame” featuring the recorded voice of Jerry Herman – who at 86, calls the Miami area home, “Movies Were Movies”, “With You on My Arm” featuring Theater students from Niagara University, “Tap Your Troubles Away”, “Kiss Her Now”, “World Take Me Back”, “I Won’t Send Roses”, “Time Heals Everything”, “I Am What I Am”, and “Before the Parade Passes By”.

The Broadway Legacy puts on only four productions each year and as a part of the performances, the cast chooses an area school with whom to put on a master class. The school chosen from the buffalo area was Niagara University. During the class the cast chooses two students from the class to appear in the concert. When it Niagara University, they cold not decide on just two students and instead chose four. After only a day of rehearsals the four students gave a wonderful performance of “With You on My Arm” from “La Cage aux Folles”.

The program was a pleasant way to spend a Friday morning…or a Saturday night… and the large audience did just that.

Along with being an award winning Ethel Merman tribute artist, Klea has appeared on “Sesame Street” and “Law & Order: SVU”. She has shared the stage with Angela Landsbury and Marvin Hamlisch.

A Broadway veteran, Debbie is a Tony and New York Showstopper Award winner who has shared the stage with Jay Leno, George burns, Lang Lang, Marvin Hamlisch, and performed with over 100 orchestras around the world.

Known for his role as Alan Spaulding on the Daytime Television Drama “Guiding Light”, Ron Raines has also appeared on “Elementary” and “Person of Interest”. The Broadway veteran has performed in numerous musicals including the role of Daddy Warbucks in “Annie”.

A multiple Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, Bistro, and Nightlife Awards winner, Scott has performed with Ben Vereen, Sheena Easton, and numerous orchestras and symphonies the world over.

Seneca Nation Celebrates Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month and in celebration of Heritage Month, the Seneca Nation has planned a series of events at all three of their locations – Seneca Allegany, Seneca Niagara, and Buffalo Creek.

The celebration begins on November 7 with a display of history and tradition with the Community Dinner and Social in the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls. The free event begins at 5pm and will feature authentic Native American food, craft vendors, and songs and dances from the Haudenosaunee. A family friendly event, no alcohol will be served inside the Events Center.

Seneca Social 3

The various restaurants inside the the Seneca Allegany, Seneca Niagara, and Buffalo Creek locations – both The Western Door restaurants, Thunder Falls Buffet Three Sisters Cafe, Thunder Mountain Buffet, The Seneca Cafe, Phillips WD Bar & Grille, and The Creek – will feature special Native American themed foods.

Native American vendors will be on hand on the weekends at all Seneca properties offering a variety of handmade wares.

The Haudenosaunee will be presenting Social Dance demonstrations that include audience participation at ll three locations beginning November 1.

Nov 3, 10, and 17 in the Seneca Niagara Lobby of the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino at 5:30pm and 7:30pm

Nov 3, 10, and 17 in the Seneca Allegany Hotel Lobby of Seneca Allegany at 4:30pm and 7:30pm
Nov 1, 8, and 15 on the Casino Floor of Seneca Buffalo Creek at 4pm

MLB Names 2018 Clemente Award Winner

Last Autumn while the President of the United States was throwing rolls of paper towels to residents of hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican born rapper Pitbull was using hs private plane to ferry patients to Miami for medical treatments. But St. Louis Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina spent two weeks out walking the streets of his native land personally handing out supplies, clearing debris, and helping to repair and rebuild homes. He also raised $800,000 to help aid the recovery efforts.

Speaking on what he saw when he first arrived in Puerto Rico, Yadi said, “I never thought or pictured in my mind that when I would arrive there in Puerto Rico that I would see something like that. As soon as we landed, we saw all the destruction. It was crazy. There were no mountains. There were no trees there. There was no power. They needed so much help. I was in shock.”

And he plans on returning to his homeland to continue helping his homeland to continue working on helping the island recover from being hit by two major hurricane in less a month in the summer of 2017.

While Yadi has been supporting a variety of causes through his Foundation 4 charity, this marked the first time that Yadi himself took a hands on participation in a charitable event.

As a result of his actions, the Cardinals nominated Yadi for the Roberto Clemente Award – formerly the Commissioner’s Award, the award is presented to the Major League Baseball player who demonstrates philanthropic and community endeavours outside of baseball.

Clemente was killed in 1973 when the plane he was on filled with supplies for Nicaragua ravaged by an earthquake crashed.

The Goodwill Ambassador for MLB, Clemente’s widow Vera is one of the panel members responsible for naming the winner of the award that bear’s her husband’s name.

To Yadi, Clemente was an Idol to be emulated, not just for his dedication to the game, but for his efforts outside of baseball. As a child, a photograph of Roberto Clemente was featured prominently in the Molina’s Puerto Rican home.

On October 24, Major League Baseball named Yadier Molina as the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award winner.

Yadi is only the third Puerto Rican born baseball player to win the award; along with Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado. Born in New York of Puerto Rican heritage, Edgar Martinez has also won the award.

Speaking on the honour, Yadi said, “this is a great honour or me and my family. We didn’t do any [of our work] thinking about this award, but receiving this award makes us proud of all we did down there in Puerto Rico.”

Williams and Ree Fill Den with Laughter

Doing anything or 50 years is a lifetime. The comedy duo of Williams and Ree – also known as the Indian and the White Guy – have been touring the country for 50 years sharing their politically laced comedy.

The professed politically incorrect duo take aim at politicians, the government, and items in the news; but most notably, they pick on each other.

With any topic fair game, Bruce Williams and Terry Reed take the stage armed only with their guitars and their wit.

On October 11, Williams and Ree returned to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for a side splitting evening of hilarity that poked fun at the current White House resident, Christopher Columbus, and of course Native Americans and White people.

The night also featured a little musical entertainment with Terry singing the Indian National Anthem and Bruce performing the original song “Indian Casino Blues”.

Through all the fun and hilarity, Williams and Reed always have one serious message – Don’t Do Drugs; especially since there is stuff out there these days that will kill you.

Whether it be the white folks are keeping the Indians in business by gambling at their casinos and white people taught the Indians how to make stuff up or it’s all Columbus’ fault and to he who has the gold makes the rules and Native American mothers know how to solve problems…including #metoo; Williams and Ree are always good for a laugh and a break from the troubles of everyday life with a show that is worth seeing…again and again and again.

NASCAR Issues Kansas Penalties

While the Monster Energy Cup Series no longer has rules pertaining to the height of cars, they still exist for the Xfinity Series and in post race inspection last Saturday in Kansas, the Richard Childress number 21 car driven by Daniel Hemric was found to be in violation of the ride height rule when the inspection revealed that Hemric’s car was too low.

Hemric’s second place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300 gave him a nine point lead over Elliott Sadler in the playoffs.

As a result of the infraction; crew chief Danny Stockman Jr has been fined $10,000 and will be suspended from the next Xfinity Series race, Richard Childress has been docked 10 car owner points, and driver Daniel Hemric has been docked 10 driver points which puts in second place one point behind new point leader Elliott Sadler.

The Richard Childress Racing number two car driven by Matt Tifft was charged with having one of his lug nuts improperly secured. Crew chief Randall Burnett has been fined $5,000 for the infraction.

In the Monster Energy Cup Series, the number 42 car driven by Kyle Larson was also charged with having one of his lug nuts improperly secured; resulting in crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $10,000 or the infraction. Larson was driving a back up car after a crash during practice.

 

Battle Rounds Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It’ the final night of the battle rounds and Blake is the only coach with a steal remaining.

Needing two people to fill her team, Kelly gets the final battles started off with a performance from Sarah Grace and Erika Zade of “No Roots” by Alice Martin. Adam said that they both did a fantastic job. In the blind auditions, Kelly noted that Sarah Grace had a stank face; this time Blake said that they both had great faces. Jennifer said that both girls shined. Saying that she came alive, Kelly chose Sarah Grace as the winner of the battle.

Blake paired up Kameron Marlowe and Kayley Hill for a performance of “Only Wanna Be with You” by Hootie and the Blowfish. Jennifer said that Kameron’s voice stood out; calling the performance amazing. Kelly said that they represented different styles of music and gave a really cool arrangement of the song; adding that she loved it. Blake said that it was cool to see the creativity come alive during the rehearsals. Blake named Kameron as the winner of the battle.

In a series of clips…
Kelly paired Claire Dejean and Josh Davis for a battle of “All This Love” with Claire taking the win.
Blake paired Caeland Garner and Kirk Jay for a performance of “Let it Rain” with Kirk taking the win.
And Jennifer paired Kennedy Holmes and Lela for a battle of “Battlefield” with Kennedy taking the win.

In the final battle of season 15, Adam paired Deantre Nico and Funsho for a battle of “Can You Stand the Rain”. Blake said that they were two incredible voices making great music and laying it all out on the line; adding that they had unique and powerful voices. Jennifer said that they sang the daylights out of the song. Kelly said that they were so fluid with the song; adding that they had different voices. Calling it one of the best battle rounds of the season, Adam noted that the guys really stepped it up. Saying that there really was no fair way to judge this, Adam named Deandre as the winner of the battle. Blake used his last steal on Funsho. In the blind auditions, Blake was the only one who did not turn his chair for Funsho.

Next week the knockout rounds begin with award winning singer Mariah Carey as the mento for all of the teams.

Team Kelly:
Cody Ray Raymond
Kimberley Joye
Natasia GreyCloud – stolen
Abby Cates
Chevel Shepherd
Zaai – stolen
Sarah Grace
Claire Dejean

Team Jennifer:
Sandyred – stolen
Patrick Fortson
Anthony Arya – stolen

Mike Parker
Franc West
MaKenzie Thomas
Tyshawn Colquitt
Kennedy Holmes

Team Blake:
Michael Lee
Colton Smith – stolen
Chris Kroeze
Katrina Cain
Dave Fenley
Jake Wells
Kameron Marlowe
Kirk Jay
Funsho – stolen

Team Adam:
Steve Memmolo
Tyke James
Keith Paluso – stolen
Reagan Strange
Jake Wells
Delaney Silvernell – stolen
Radha
Deandre Nico

the Battle Round – part 3 on’The Voice’

It’s night three of the battle rounds, Jennifer has used her two steals; while Kelly and Blake have used one steal each. Adam has yet to use any of his steals.

Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Halsey, and Cee Lo Green have come to “The Voice” to help mentor the team members.

First up is team Blake with park ranger Keith and bar singer Dave with a performance of the George Jones song “One Woman Man”. Jennifer said that the battle was fun to watch; adding that it showed off how different the two vocalists were, but they made it work. Saying that the guys did a great job, Kelly noted that it sounded like a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Calling it a battle of the beards,Adam called the battle a lot of fun. Joking that he paired the two to see who had the best beard, Blake said that the guys did some great singing and made it an original song. Blake named Dave as the winner of the battle. Saying that he did some great singing, Adam used his first steal on Keith.

Adam paired up teen girlsReagan Strange and Emily Hough for a battle of Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”. Noting that the girls had so much talent, Blake said it was more like a fairy tale than a battle. Calling the girls amazing, Jennifer said that the girls sounded amazing together. Saying that he is a big fan of both girls and it is going to break his heart to have to choose just one of them, Adam named 13 year old Reagan Strange as the winner of the battle.

Jennifer paired up Franc West and Matt Johnson for a battle of “Too Close”. Noting that they showed off their lower range, Kelly said that it was nice to see men so comfortable with performing. Adam called it an evenly matched battle. Saying that the battle was enjoyable
to watch, Jennifer noted that both guys were a amazing and brought something different to the table. Jennifer named Franc as the winner of the battle.

Kelly paired up Abby Cates and Delaney Silvernell for a battle of a song Kelly said she wished she had written – “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding. In the video clip Kelly told the girls that vocally they were insane, but They were paying too much attention to their voices. Noting that it is a very difficult song to translate into a live performance, Adam said that they did a fabulous job. Saying that they did a killer job, Blake said thT he was happy for both of them. Saying that they were both amazing, Jennifer noted that both girls brought something special to the table. Saying that she hoped neither one of them would go home, Kelly chose Abby as the winner of the battle. Using his last steal, Adam took Delaney for his team.

In a series of clips…
Adam paired up Foudhee and Radha for a battle of “Growing Pains” and naming Radha as the winner of the battle.
Kelly paired Chevel Shepherd and Mikele Buck for a battle of “You Look So Good in Love” and named Chevel as the winner of the battle.
Jennifer paired Audri and MaKenzie for a battle of “Always Be My Baby” and named MaKenzie as the winner of the battle.

Adam paired up Jake Wells and Natalie Brady for a battle of “Closing Time”. Blake noted that there was some really food singing from the duo with some tight harmonies. Jennifer said vocally they were both amazing. Saying that she never would have put the two together, Kelly called the performance phenomenal. Calling it a finale type performance, Adam said that his decision is based on who speaks to him the most and chose Jake as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Jennifer paired up Zaxai and Tyshawn Colquitt for a battle of “Love Lies”. Saying that she love their moves, Kelly noted that the guys played off of each other well. Noting that there were some issues in the higher range, Adam said that both guys were fantastic. Blake said that both guys were evenly matched in range and vocally. Calling them evenly great, Jennifer said that she hated to choose because both guys should stay and named Tyshawn as the winner of the battle. After getting blocked by Jennifer in the blind auditions, Kelly used her last steal on Zaxai.

Team Kelly:
Cody Ray Raymond
Kimberley Joye
Natasia GreyCloud – stolen
Abby Cates
Chevel Shepherd
Zaai – stolen

Team Jennifer:
Sandyred – stolen
Patrick Fortson
Anthony Arya – stolen
Mike Parker
Franc West
MaKenzie Thomas
Tyshawn Colquitt

Team Blake:
Michael Lee
Colton Smith – stolen
Chris Kroeze
Katrina Cain
Dave Fenley
Jake Wells

Team Adam:
Steve Memmolo
Tyke James
Keith Paluso – stolen
Reagan Strange
Delaney Silvernell – stolen
Radha

Disney Night on DWTS

In part two of a two night event, the adults of “Dancing with the Stars” dance to the music from classic Disney films.

After an opening in search of Mickey Mouse the professional dancers get the night started with a group performance…and Mickey comes down from the ceiling…that includes the DWTS: Juniors cast that was choreographed by Mandy Moore.

Alexis and Alan get the night of dancing started off with a Foxtrot to music from “Pocahontas”. Host Tom Bergeron noted that it was a beautiful start to the competition. Saying that there was no stressing or messing, Len said that it was a well crafted routine and well dances with lovely chemistry between them. Noting that the Disney magic is stronger than ever Bruno said that it was like two hearts beating as one; adding that the performance was exquisitely lyrical and gorgeous. Carrie Ann said that they way they danced made her thin it was a fairy tale; adding it was their best dance of the season. Alexis and Alan got the night started off with a near perfect scored when they got 29 points for their dance.

Juan Pablo and Cheryl performed a Viennese Waltz to the music of “Beauty and the Beast”. Tom said that it was brilliants; adding that in 27 seasons of DWTS, that dance was his favourite. Bruno said that they nailed the character on the bullseye; adding that the feel, style, and content of the dance was spot on on every level. Carrie Ann said that the dance had flair for days; adding that Juan Pablo had finesse in every move. Len said that the dance mirrored the music; adding that the dance was full of gusto and zest. Saying that he loved the dance, Len said that Juan Pablo is a fantastic dancer.Co-host Erin Andres said that the dance was fantastic. Juan Pablo and Cheryl also scored 29 points for their dance.

Still dealing with a dislocated finger, DeMarcus and Lindsay danced a lift filled Charleston to the music from “Hercules”. After the dance DeMarcus revealed that the doctor told him not to lift anything heavy and he would be fine. Tom said that the performance was pure joy. One of Lindsay’s shoes broke at the beginning of the dance. Saying a hero is born, Carrie Ann said that she has been waiting for this breakthrough from DeMarcus; adding that she never noticed Lindsay had a broken shoe. Noting that the dance was packed with tricks and licks, Len said that it was full of attack and energy; adding that DeMarcus did a wonderful job and he enjoyed it. Bruno said that DeMarcus is becoming a theatre man that could be on Broadway. Calling it the most complete performance to date, Bruno noted that DeMarcus was always the leading man, very light footed, and never missed a beat. DeMarcus and Lindsay scored 26 points for their dance.

Evanna and Keo performed a Jazz dance to the music from “Tangled”. During the video package Keo admitted that he is afraid of heights and doesn’t like roller coasters and Evanna took him on a roller coaster. Tom called the dance such fun; adding that it was very nice. Len liked the light and shade of the moves; adding that it had a lovely feel to the dance and a nice routine that was danced well. Noting that Evanna has found her stride, Bruno said that Evanna painted a pretty picture but noted she isn’t always on the beat. Saying that Evanna did the Disney name proud, Carrie Ann noted that Evanna has talent. Evanna and Keo scored 24 points for their dance.

Joe and Jenna performed a Jive to the upcoming “Wreck it Ralf” film “Ralf Breaks the Internet”. Tom noted that Joe looks like he is having more fun. Saying that he could sense a very faint glimmer of hope, Bruno noted that Joe’s timing is getting better, but now Joe needs to work on the quality of what he does. Saying that she saw vast improvement, Carrie Ann said that there were a lot more steps in the dance this week and Joe didn’t miss any of them; adding that Joe needs to own the stage. Len said that admires how Joe gets knocked down every week with the remarks but keeps coming back and giving it his all. Len noted that Joe’s dances do not have very many moves the his assigned style. Joe and Jenna scored 17 points for their dance.

Andrea Bocelli and his son Mateo sat back to back at pianos as they performed “Fall on Me” from the upcoming “Nutcracker” film.

Mary Lou and Sasha performed a Contemporary dance to the music from “Mulan” that had Mary Lou getting very emotional. Making note of Mary Lou’s emotional response, Carrie Ann said that was the beauty of their show and those kind of moments. Calling it a very nice routine, Len said that the dance was gentle and understated with lovely fluidity in the movements. Saying that he loved Mary Lou’s determination, Bruno called it one of Mary Lou’s stronger performances. Mary Lou and Sasha scored 25 points for their dance.

Season 25 winner and DWTS: Juniors co-host Jordan Fisher sang “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella” while the Junior prop dancers performed.

This season’s oldest competitor, 58 year old John Schneider and partner Emma danced a Quickstep to the music of John’s favourite movie “The Jungle Book”. Tom said that John looked really good. Noting that the dance was high energy, Len said that John lost a bit of the energy as the dance went on but did a spectacular job; adding that it was John’s best dance so far. Noting that John performed a proper Quickstep, Bruno said that John brought some sparkle to the jungle. Saying that everything was connected, Carrie Ann called it John’s best performance. Erin said that she loved the dance; adding that John appears to get younger every week. John and Emma earned their highest score so far with 24 points.

Bobby and Sharna danced a Waltz to the music of “The Little Mermaid” with Sharna taking on the role of Ariel. Saying that Bobby had the catch of the day, Bruno noted that the dance was a bit slippery at times but Bobby made a good effort. Noting that Bobby had the posture of the dance, Carrie Ann noted that she saw improvement. Noting that Bobby was outside his comfort zone, Len said that Bobby went for it and went for it in a proper way. Bobby and Sharna scored 21 points for their dance.

In the final dance of the night, Milo and Witney dance a Quickstep to the music of “The Incredibles 2”. Milo and Witney went to Disneyland where they met The Incredibles. Milo began the dance by coming down a zip line and freeing Tom Bergeron from jail. Tom noted that it was a great spandex Quickstep – they performed the dance dressed as The Incredibles. Carrie Ann called the dance incredible, a fantastic routine and a fantastic performance. Len noted that the dance had plenty of zippity doo dah but noted there was a lot of gap in hold – probably due to the spandex costumes. Calling the dance a blockbuster, Bruno is ready for the sequel; adding that every aspect of the show tonight has been amazing. Earning a 10 from Bruno, Milo and Witney scored 27 points for their dance.

Disney Night scores:
Joe and Jenna – 17
Bobby and Sharna – 21
Evanna and Keo – 24
John and Emma – 24
Mary Lou and Sasha – 25
DeMarcus and Lindsay – 26
Milo and Witney – 27
Alexis and Alan – 29
Juan Pablo and Cheryl – 29

After naming DeMarcus and Lindsay and Alexis and Alan as the two couples in jeopardy, Tom announced that this was Disney night and no one was going home.

All of the votes and scores from this week will be added to the scores next week to determine who will go home.

Disney Night on DWTS: Juniors

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” gets a special two night Disney event started with the couple performing as characters from classic Disney films.

First on the dance floor was Sophia and Jake with a Samba to the music of “The Little Mermaid”. Kim Kardashian came to visit Sophia during rehearsals this week. Co-host Jordan Fisher said that it was the way to get the show started off. Saying that the dance was really good, Mandy agreed that it was the way to start the show. Adam said that last week he asked Sophia to to up her performance and noted that he saw that this week. Noting that playing a villain is hard, Val said that they did a great job but told Sophia to finish her hands. Sophia and Jake scored 19 points for their dance.

Performing the first Contemporary routine on the show, Mckenzie and Sage dance to the music of “Pocahontas”. Jordan said that it was a beautiful Contemporary dance. Adam said that he had chills from their dance. Val called the dance breathtaking with so much purity. Calling it amazing, Award winning Contemporary choreographer Mandy Moore said that the danced a great Contemporary routine. Mckenzie and Sage scored 27 points for their dance.

Performing to the music from “Lilo and Stitch” Ariana and Artyon danced a Samba. Jordan noted that it was the first time ever on the series that there was a dance to “Lilo and Stitch”. Noting that the Samba is a difficult dance, Val praised the duo for their balance. Saying that the dance was well choreographed, Mandy called the dance amazing. Adam noted that Ariana has given consistent and beautiful performances. Ariana and Artyon scored 25 points for their dance. The dance opened with a limbo and the duo challenged Jordan to a limbo contest and he did it.

Mandla and Brightyn performed a Jazz dance to the music of “Coco”. Jordan said that they did an incredible job. Mandy said that this week Mandla was in the pocket one hundred percent. Noting that he can see that Mandla is still working on his technique, Adam said that the performance was so good. Val noted that Mandla has set the bar very high for himself, but this week he felt underwhelmed by the performance. Mandlaa and Brightyn scored 21 points for their dance.

Miles and Rylee performed a Charleston to the music of “Aladdin”. Jordan called the performance absolutely incredible. Adam noted that they were saying don’t forget abut me with their dance. Calling the dance excellent,Val noted that the dance was a huge Broadway production and Miles commanded it. Mandy noted that a lesser dancer would have been lost in the routine; adding that Miles did some wonderful dancing. Miles and Rylee scored 27 points for their dance to tie for the top scores of the night.

Alana and Tristan danced a Foxtrot to the music of “Beauty and the Beast”. Noting that there wasn’t anyone who wasn’t smiling, Val said that Alana dances from her heart. Noting that Alana is getitng better every week, Mandy said that Alana was cool, calm, and collected this week; adding that she loved the dance. Adam said that Alana tells a story with her dance and moved them. Alana and Tristan scored 21 points for their dance.

Sky and JT also performed a Contemporary dance. Dancing to the music of “Muana”, mentor Alan took the duo to the beach to help them get in the mood of the song. Jordan called it a gorgeous Contemporary dance. Mandy said that they had her from the beginning but cautioned Sky on her floppy feet. Calling Sky a storyteller, Adam said that Sky’s range was most impressive; adding the the dance was so mature. Val said that he loved it; adding that the dance was so incredible and they did a great job. Sky and JT scored 24 points for their dance.

Jason and Elliana danced a Foxtrot to the music of “Toy Story”. Calling the dance incredible, Jordan told Jason, good stuff dude. Noting that Jason has been a great dancer, Adam said that tonight, Jason showed that he is also a great partner. Calling them adorable, Val said that the dance was excellent with great technique and footwork. Mandy noted that there were some good moments in frame. Jason and Elliana scored 22 points for their dance.

In the last dance of the night, Akash and Kamri danced a Jive to the music of “Hercules”. Jordan said good job dude to Akash. Val said that Akash showed a lot of personality. Noting that the dance is difficult due to its speed, Mandy said that Akash was on the beat. Adam said that Akash wears his heart on his sleeve and fills the room with joy. Akash and Kamri scored 21 points for their dance.

Disney Night scores:
Sophia and Jake – 19
Mandla and Brightyn – 21
Alana and Tristan – 21
Akash and Kamri – 21
Jason and Elliana – 22
Sky and JT – 24
Ariana and Artyon – 25
Mckenzie and Sage – 27
Miles and Rylee – 27

After the judge’s scores and the audience votes the couple going home this week was Sophia and Jake.

Next week DWTS: Juniors kicks off a two night celebration of Halloween.

Round of 8 Set After Kansas Race

Last week the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers ran the high banks of the circuit’s longest track – Talladega. This week they travel to the land of barbecue, steaks, Toto, Dorothy, and Oz – Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400.

This weekend also marks the end of round two in the playoffs where the 12 playoffs drivers become eight.

During practice Kyle Larson wrecks his primary car and had to move to the backup car. No matter where he qualifies, he will have to start the race from the back of the field. Larson is also in a deep hole in the playoff standings; 36 points down, he faces elimination unless he can win the race. Alex Bowman is also in a must win situation.

After three rounds of qualifying Joey Logano wins the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Hollywood Casino 400:
Joey Logano – in the playoffs
Kevin Harvick – in the playoffs
Aric Almirola – in the playoffs
Ryan Blaney – in the playoffs
Brad Keselowski – in the playoffs
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch – in the playoffs
Daniel Suarez
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman – in the playoffs
Kurt Busch – in the playoffs
Martin Truex Jr – in the playoffs
Chase Elliott – in the playoffs
Clint Bowyer – in the playoffs
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
William Byron
Paul Menard
Trevor Bayne
Jamie McMuray – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
Chris Buescher
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
AJ Allmendinger
Regan Smith
Kyle Larson – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
David Ragan
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ross Chastain
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
J.J. Yeley
Kyle Weatherman
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill -engine change

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track. The drivers cannot complete any of the stages without making at least one pit stop.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Joey Logano leads lap one.

On lap two, Daniel Suarez hits the wall and is slowing on the track but he gets down to pit road and the track stays green. The incident took place in front of Alex Bowman and caused some damage to Bowman’s car.

Lap six Joey Logano has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Kevin Harvick in third over a second back; Aric Almirola and Bad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap eight, Daniel Suarez makes another trip down pit road after hitting the wall on lap two

Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney; Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 12, Ryan Blaney has closed the gap on leader Joey Logano to under a second.

Lap 15, after starting at the back of the field, Kyle Larson has moved up to 20th place in a backup car.

Lap 20, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second over a second back; Kevin Harvick is in third over three seconds back.

Lap 24, Alex Bowman brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 25, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney. There are 29 cars on the lead lap with Timmy Hill off the track.

Lap 29, Kyle Larson has moved up to 15th place.

Regan Smith had to make an unscheduled pit stop and had to serve a penalty for an uncontrolled tire during the pit stop.

Lap 25,the top five are Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 37, Kyle Larson is in 14th. Joey Logano holds a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney.

Martin Truex Jr leads the way for green flag pit stops.

Lap 40, Ross Chastain hits the wall on his way to pit road and has taken his car to the garage. The track stayed green.

Lap 43, AJ Allmendinger leads the race as green flag pit stops cycle through.

The top five hare Bubba Wallace, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Michael McDowell.

Lap 51, Joey Logano gets around Bubba Wallace to retake the lead of the race.

Lap 55 Joey Logano has a lead of over a second and a half on Ryan Blaney with Kevin Harvick over four seconds back.

The caution flag comes out on lap 56 for William Byron’s smoking car. He appears to have blown an engine and takes his car to the garage.

William Byron left a lot of fluid on the track that will require a lot of clean up time.

During his pit stop, Bubba Wallace, stopped too close to the wall and brushed it with the rear of his car upon leaving his pit stall.

Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road, followed by Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano came out fourth. Ricky Stenhouse Jr did not make a pit stop and is in the lead. Blaney, Almirola, and Keselowski took only two tires.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 64 but fails to get his car moving and falls through the field. Ryan Blaney takes the lead.

NASCAR deemed the restart a good one.

Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Joey Logano in second and Aric Almirola in third; Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 67, Kevin Harvick passes Aric Almirola to take third place.

Lap 70, Joey Logano challenges team mate Ryan Blaney for the lead and on lap 72,Logano finally gets around Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Lap 74, the top five are Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 73, Kevin Harvick is closing in on Ryan Blaney to challenge for second place.

Lap 77, Kevin Harvick gets around Ryan Blaney to take over second place.

Joey Logano wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott

With his second place finish, Kevin Harvick has earned enough points to guarantee a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 and edges out Kevin Harvick for the lead as Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney battle side by side for second place.

Lap 90, the top five are Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 94, Joey Logano has a lead of over a second and a half over Ryan Blaney with Kevin Harvick in third.

Kevin Harvick is on Ryan Blaney’s bumper trying to take over the second place spot. On lap 97 Kevin Harvick finally gets around Ryan Blaney and aims for lead Joey Logano over a second and a half ahead.

Lap 100, there are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 101, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Joey Logano to just a second.

Lap 108, Kevin Harvick is less than half a second behind leader Joey Logano.

Lap 112, the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 113, Joey Logano has increased his lead on Kevin Harvick to over half a second with Ryan Blaney nearly a second and a half back.

Lap 117, Joey Logano continues to dominate the race with Ryan Blaney again in second place and Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 119, Martin Truex Jr again lead the way to green flag pit stops.

Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch were charged with uncontrolled tires on pit road and will have to serve a penalty.

With Joey Logano coming down pit road, Ryan Blaney takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 125, Brad Keselowski takes over the lead of the race when Ryan Blaney comes down pit road.

Paul Menard has a pit road incident that causes some damage to his car.

On old tires, Brad Keselowski is the leader of the race.

Lap 136, on fresh tires, Kevin Harvick is moving through the field as he passes drivers on old tires and has moved into second place behind Brad Keselowski who has yet to make his pit stop.

Lap 138, Brad Keselowski finally makes his pit stop and gives the lead of the race over to Kevin Harvick with Ryan Blaney in second and Joey Logano in third with only nine cars on the lead lap.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 145, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half over Ryan Blaney with Joey Logano over two seconds back with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 151, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead over Ryan Blaney to over a second and a half with Joey Logano in third.

Lap 154, nearing the end of stage two, some of the drivers are reporting debris on the track but NASCAR keeps the field green.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

Three laps to go in stage two, Ryan Blaney has cut into Kevin Harvick’s lead and is now less than a second back.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Chase Elliott in second and Kyle Larson in third.

Joey Logano had a slow pit stop when the air gun hose got stuck on the car.

Denny Hamlin was caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 with Kevin Harvick getting out in front for the lead.

With the points they have earned in stage two, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano have clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs. With only eight spots in the next round, Aric Almirola and Chase Elliott guaranteed their spots with race wins; while Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano have gotten in on points and leaving only three spots open for seven drivers.

Lap 171, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney with Chase Elliott in third.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 177, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race by nearly a second over Ryan Blaney; Chase Elliott is in third a second and a half back.

Not sure how it happened, Clint Bowyer has a small hole in the left front of his car.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 190, Chase Elliott challenges Ryan Blaney for second and gets around him to take the second spot with Kevin Harvick over a half a second in front.

Lap 200 Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott in second over a half a second back with 18 cars on the lead lap. Ryan Blaney is in third over two seconds back.

Lap 203, Ryan Blaney scraps against the wall but he holds on to his third place spot and the track stays green.

Lap 211, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Blaney.

Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road to start a cycle of green flag pit stops.

As green flag stops cycle through, Brad Keselowski is the leader of the race.

Lap 215, Kevin Harvick was caught speeding on pit road.

In a battle of the Kyle’s – Larson and Busch – Kyle Larson is currently ahead.

Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road on lap 223 and gives the lead over to Chase Elliott.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 237, now that he has the lead, Chase Elliott is running away with it and has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Rim riding, Kyle Larson has brushed the wall but the track stays green.

With 36 laps remaining in the race, Doin’ the Dew this week, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on the M&Ms car of Kyle Busch.

Lap 246, Jimmie Johnson hits the wall and has to bring his car down pit road for repairs. The track stays green.

With 19 laps remaining in the race, there are only 14 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch has cut into Chase Elliott’s lead in half form three seconds to just one and a half; Kyle Larson is nearly three seconds back.

Lap 253, Kyle Busch continues to cut into Chase Elliott’s lead and is now less than one second behind Chase Elliott.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch just over half a second behind; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 258, is on leader Chase Elliott’s bumper and is challenging Elliott for the lead.

Five to go, Chase Elliott holds on to his lead with Kyle Busch half a second behind as Kyle Larson runs some of the fastest laps on the track to close within a a second of leader Chase Elliott.

Chase Elliott takes the white flag.

Chase Elliott wins the Hollywood Casino 400 for his second win in this round of the playoffs for his third career win. For the second time in three weeks, the folks in Dawsonville will get to ring the siren.

The unofficial results of the Hollywood Casino 400:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
Chris Buescher
Jamie McMurray
Kurt Busch
David Ragan
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
AJ Allmendinger
Jimmie Johnson
Matt DiBenedetto
Daniel Suarez
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Regan Smith
Landon Cassill
Trevor Bayne
J.J. Yeley
Paul Menard
BJ McLeod
Corey LaJoie
Kyle Weatherman
Reed Sorenson
Jeffrey Earnahrdt
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Timmy Hill

Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Alex Bowman have been eliminated from the playoffs and will not advance to the round of eight.

Waild Start to Round of 8 for Xfinity in Kansas

The round of eight has been set in the Xfinity Series and a new round of races begins in Kansas with the Kansas Lottery 300. It’s the final round before the championship race in Miami where half of the playoffs drivers will be eliminated before that final race.

Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier top the list of eight playoff drivers.

Forty-three teams brought cars to the track but there ae only 40 starting spots.

On a cool Saturday morning the Xfinity Series drivers take to the track to qualify for the race. After three rounds of qualifying, Daniel Hemric wins his fifth Xfinity Series pole and will bring the field down to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Kansas Lottery 300:
Daniel Hemric – in the playoffs
Christopher Bell – in the playoffs
Justin Allgaier – in the playoffs
Austin Cindric – in the playoffs
Brandon Jones
Tyler Reddick – in the playoffs
Ryan Preece
Shane Lee
Matt Tifft – in the playoffs
Cole Custer – in the playoffs
Elliott Sadler – in the playoffs
Chase Briscoe
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Truex
Michael Annett
Ryan Reed
Spencer Gallagher
Gray Gaulding
Ty Majeski
Ryan Sieg
Joey Gase
J.J. Yeley
Ross Chastain
Garrett Smithley
Stephen Leicht
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
Alex Labbe
Josh Williams
BJ McLeod
Bobby Earnhardt
Quin Houff
JA Junior Avila
Chad Finchum
David Starr
Spencer Boyd
Vinnie Miller
Josh Bilicki
Mike Harmon
Angela Buch
Jeremy Clements

Bayley Currey, Morgan Shepherd and Max Tullman did not qualify for the race.

Stages one and tow of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Daniel Hemric jumping out in front as several cars crash behind him on turn two and brings out the caution flag on the first lap.

Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Christopher Bell, Spencer Gallagher, Ryan Truex, Michael Annett, Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, and Cole Custer were all involved in the crash. Playoff drivers Justin Allgaier, Christopher

Bell, and Austin Cindric are out of the race. Michael Annett is also out of the race.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Preece, and Shane Lee.

Saying that he was the cause of the wreck, Justin Allgaier said that he got really loose in the corner.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eleven and gets a challenge from Brandon Jones. Brandon Jones edges out Daniel Hemric and then hits the wall hard and brings out the second caution flag of the car. Jones is the fourth car out of the race as the teams have yet to complete a green flag lap.

Lap 12, Daniel Hemric is the leader of the race under yellow flag conditions

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Ryan Preece, Tyler Reddick, Shane Lee, and Matt Tifft.

Daniel Hemric again brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 with Daniel Hemric getting out in front thanks to a push from Ryan Preece.

Daniel Hemric is the leader with Tyler Reddick in second, Ryan Preece, Matt Tifft, and Shane Lee round out the top five.

Lap 20, Daniel Hemric has a lead of over a second and a half over Ryan Preece with Tyler Reddick over two seconds behind.

Lap 24, Daniel Hemric has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Ryan Preece with Shane Lee in third over three seconds behind; John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Tifft round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 24 when Spencer Gallagher blows a tire and hits the wall.

Cole Custer’s team continues to work on repairs to his car. Custer has no power steering.

NBC Sports reports announce that the wind is very gusty and causing some issues for the drivers.

Lap 30, still under caution, Daniel Hemric has led every lap so far in this caution filled race.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down or the green flag restart on lap 33 from the inside lane and goes side by side with Ryan Preece before edging out in front for the lead.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Preece, Shane Lee, and Elliott Sadler.

Ryan Preece and John Hunter Nemechek battle for second while Daniel Hemric pulls away from the field nearly a second ahead.

After restarting back in 26th place, Tyler Reddick has moved into the top 10 on lap 37.

Lap 39, Daniel Hemric has a quarter second lead on John Hunter Nemechek with Ryan Preece nearly two seconds behind.

Lap 40, John Hunter Nemechek is challenging leader Daniel Hemric for the top spot.

Lap 42, Daniel Hemric holds on to the lead with John Hunter Nemechek only a quarter of a second behind; Ryan Preece, Shane Lee, and Elliott Sadler round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Preece
Shane Lee
Elliott Sadler
Tyler Reddick
Matt Tift
Ryan Reed
Ryan Truex
Garrett Smithley

Cole Custer has taken his car to the garage for more repairs.

John Hunter Nemechek edges out Daniel Hemric to win the race off of pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 53 but gets edged out by Daniel Hemric for the lead.

Six laps down, Cole Custer returns to the track with a new power steering pump.

Lap 54, the top five are Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Preece, and Shane Lee.

Lap 56, Junior Avila brings out the caution flag when he spins out after getting loose in a three wide run.

Cole Custer is on pit road, out of power steering again.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 61 and goes side by side with John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek gets past Hemric for the lead of the race.

Lap 63, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, Ryan Preece, Tyler Reddick, and Elliott Sadler.

Lap 64, Daniel Hemric challenges John Hunter Nemechek for the lead but Nemechek holds on to the top spot.

Lap 67, John Hunter Nemechek has a third of a second lead on Daniel Hemric.

Lap 69, there are only 29 cars on the track with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 70, John Hunter Nemechek holds on to his narrow lead over Daniel Hemric with Ryan Preece, Tyler Reddick, and Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five.

Lap 77, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric only a third of a second behind; in third place Ryan Preece is over three seconds behind.

Lap 80, John Hunter Nemechek is out in front with Daniel Hemric in second; Ryan Preece, Tyler Reddick, and Elliott Sadler.

NBC Sports broadcasters report that Tyler Reddick has no tachometer in his car and cannot judge his speeds.

Lap 82, third place driver Ryan Preece is over four seconds behind leader John Hunter Nemechek.

The hood on Ross Chastain’s car flew off during the race and was destroyed when another driver ran over it.

Lap 86, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over a second on Daniel Hemric with Ryan Preece four and a half seconds behind.

Tyler Reddick got loose on the track but he held onto the car.

Ryan Preece gets loose and hits the wall bringing out the caution flag just before the end of stage two.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:

John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Tyler Reddick
Elliott Sadler
Matt Tifft
Shane Lee
Ty Majeski
Ryan Reed
Ryan Sieg
Ryan Truex

Daniel Hemric beats out John Hunter Nemechek in the race off of pit road.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 98 wth Hemric edging out in front for the lead.

Lap 100, half way, Daniel Hemric leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek a half second behind, Tyler Reddick, Matt Tifft, ad Elliott Sadler round out the top five.

Lap 105, Daniel Hemric has a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek with Tyler Reddick nearly three seconds back. There are only 12 cars on the lead lap and 27 cars on the track.

Lap 109, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on John Hunter Nemechek

Lap 112, the top five are Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Matt Tifft.

Lap 117, Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on John Hunter Nemechek with Tyler Reddick in third over two seconds back.

Lap 121, Daniel Hemric continues to lead the race with John Hemric in second and Tyler Riddick in third; Elliott Sadler and Matt Tifft round out the top five.

Lap 125, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled to within half a second of leader Daniel Hemric with Tyler Reddick three seconds back.

Lap 128, Ryan Preece brings his car down pit road with a possible tire issue.

There are only eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 134, Daniel Hemric dominates the race but John Hunter Nemechek is on his bumper and challenging for the lead with less than 10 cars on the lead lap.

With stage three lasting 110 laps, the drivers cannot complete the stage without making pit stop.

At 39 laps so far on lap 137, the cars have run the longest green flag laps of the day.

Lap 140, leader Daniel Hemric is reporting that his brand new car is too free.

Lap 141, the top five are Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Matt Tifft.

Lap 147, there are only five cars on the lead lap.

Lap 149, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Lap 150, the leaders come down pit road. Tyler Reddick takes over the lead of the race.

John Hunter Nemechek overshoots his pit stall and has to back up to avoid a penalty.

Tyler Reddick comes down pit road, Daniel Hemric is the leader.

Lap 153, the top five are Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Matt Tifft.

Lap 154, Daniel Hemric has a lead of three seconds over John Hunter Nemechek.

John Hunter Nemechek is reporting a very loose condition.

Lap 157, Daniel Hemric has a three second lead on John Hunter Nemechek with Tyler Reddick over four seconds back.

Lap 159, there are six cars on the lead lap.

Lap 163, Daniel Hemric leads the race; John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Matt Tifft round out the top five. Only John Hunter Nemechek is not one of the playoff drivers.

The caution flag comes out on lap 165 when Vinnie Miller stalls out at the end of pit road.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Many drivers are reporting loose conditions.

Taking only two tires Elliott Sadler wins the race off of pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek had to make a second trip down pit road with loose lug nuts.

Matt Tifft stayed out during the caution flag.

Matt Tifft on old tires will bring the field down for the green flag restart with Elliott Sadler on two fresh tires along side on the front row with Daniel Hemric and Tyler Reddick in row two.

Matt Tifft takes the green flag on lap 168 with Elliott Sadler jumping out for the lead.

Lap 169, Daniel Hemric passes Elliott Sadler to take the lead. Daniel Hemric is in the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second and Elliott Sadler in third; Tyler Reddick and Shane Lee round out the top five.

Lap 171, Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek battle for the lead with Nemechek getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 173, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler, Tyler Reddick, and Shane Lee.

Lap 176, John Hunter Nemechek has a two second lead on Daniel Hemric with Elliott Sadler nearly three seconds back.

Lap 180, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over two seconds over Daniel Hemric.

Tyler Reddick brushed the wall and has damage to his car.

181, there are only eight cars on the lead lap with John Hunter Nemechek over three and a half seconds over Daniel Hemric.

Only 16 laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of nearly five seconds on Daniel Hemric with Elliott Sadler in third over five seconds back.

Just 13 laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of over five seconds on Daniel Hemric.

Ten to go, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler, Shane Lee, and Tyler Reddick.

With nine laps remaining in the race, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of just under five seconds on Daniel Hemric; Elliott Sadler is in third over five seconds back and reporting a tight condition.

Daniel Hemric led 128 laps of the race.

Five to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a five second lead on Daniel Hemric with Elliott Sadler, Shane Lee, and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five. There are eight cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the white flag with a five second lead on Daniel Hemric.

John Hunter Nemechek gets his first Xfintiy Series win at Kansas; a track where his Dad Joe has also won.

The unofficial results of the Kansas Lottery 300
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Elliott Sadler
Shane Lee
Tyler Reddick
Matt Tifft
Ryan Reed
Ty Majeski
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Truex
Alex Labbe
Garrett Smthley
Quin Houff
Joey Gase
Chad Finchum
David Starr
Junior Avila
Spencer Boyd
Josh Bilicki
Ryan Preece
Vinnie Miller
BJ McLeod
Josh Williams
Ross Chastain
Cole Custer
Bobby Earnhardt
Mike Harmon
Angela Ruch
Chase Briscoe
Timmy Hill
Stephen Leicht
Spencer Gallagher
Jeff Green
J.J. Yeley
Brandon Jones
Christopher Bell
Justin Allgaier
Austin Cindric
Michael Annett

Silly Season Continues…Another Driver Stepping Away

As the rolling wheel of the NASCAR silly season continues to turn, another driver is hanging up his helmet and gloves; but this time it isn’t to retire but to move into a managerial role.

Xfinity Series driver Spencer Gallagher has announced that at the end of the 2018 racing season he will be stepping away from his ride in the GMS Racing number 23 car.

GMS was originally created with Spencer in mind in 2013. Only 28 years old, Spencer will be joining his father Maury in the front office to help run the team.

Speaking on GMS Racing, Spencer said, “it has been an incredible journey getting to watch this team grow and flourish and become something incredible from very humble beginnings. I can’t wait to be there personally. This is not me stepping back from NASCAR. If anything, it’s stepping further into it.”

Noting that the decision has been something he has been thinking about for some time; Spencer said, “ I think it’s time to take the next step and really see what this team can do. I think to do that, my greatest utility to GMS lies elsewhere other than the driver’s seat. I think there’s a lot of really talented drivers out there and we have an incredible team. I want to see this team grow and I want to see this team grow to flourish.”

The self professed good professional nerd, Spencer said that there is a lot of cool technologies that can be put to use in NASCAR; saying, “I’ve got big things planned for GMS and this industry as a whole.”

New Music Friday – Oct 19

This week on New Music Friday there is some new music, re-released albums, soundtracks, and compilations from a variety of artists including  Khalid, Greta Van Fleet, Disturbed, Elle King, Lindsey Stirling, Marshmello and Bastille, 2Cellos, Major Lazer, Queen, Whitesnake, Ace Frehley, Armin van Buuren, Herb Alpert, Dua Lipa, Peter Bjorn and John, The Cranberries, Frank Sinatra, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith, Keith Jarrett, and Anthrax.

Albums:
“Future & Juice WRLD Present… WRLD ON DRUGS” by Future & Juice WRLD
“Suncity” by Khalid
“Anthem of the Peaceful Army” by Greta Van Fleet
“Evolution” by Disturbed
“PANORAMA” by GAWVI
“Shake the Spirit” by Elle King
“SOLACE” by RUFUS DU SOL
“Nuthin’ 2 Prove” by Lil Yachty
“Warmer in the Winter” by Lindsey Stirling
“Northsbest” by Lil Mosey
“Let There Be Cello” by 2Cellos
“Major Lazer Essentials”by Major Lazer
“Easy Never Needed You” by Sarah Reeves
“Forever Neverland” by MO
“Natural Rebel” by Richard Ashcroft
The original soundtrack for “Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
“Heaven on Earth” by Planetshakers
Original soundtrack album for “Daredevil: Season 3” by John Paesano
“Unzipped” by by Whitesnake
“The Restless” by The Lone Below
“Live from the Ryman” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
“Last Day of Summer” by Summer Walker
“Ritual” by Soulfly
“Being Human in Public” by Jessie Reyez
“The Anteroom” by How to Dress Well
“Spaceman” by Ace Frehley
“A State o Trance Top 20 – October 2018” by Armin Van Buuren
“A Decade Deeper” by Various Artists
“10-18” by Urban Cone
“Last Building Burning” by Cloud Nothings
“Songs of Love and Horror” by Will Oldhman
“Music Volume 3: Herb Alpert Reimagines the Tijuana Brass” by Herb Apert
“Dua Lipa” by Dua Lipa
“Darker Days” by Peter Bjorn and John
“Everybody Else is Doing it: So Why Can’t We?” by The Cranberries
“Rally Cry” by Arkells
“Krash” by Jean Deaux
“Invitation to Worship Vol. 1 & 2” by Leon Tirnbo and Northern Lights United
“Invitation to Love Vol1. 1 & 2” by Leon Timbo
“Sings for Only the Lonely” by Frank Sinatra
“Birthplace” by Novo Amor
“Falls” Remixes by ODESZA with Sasha Sloan
“Promises” Remixes by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith
“La Fenice (Live at Teat La Fenice, Venice / 2006)” by Keith Jarrett
“mo’za-ik” by Phony Ppl
“Us” by Empress Of
“State of Euphoria” by Anthrax
“Dreams and Songs” by Bryn Terfes and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
“Back Down” Remixes by Bob Moses
Original 2018 motion picture soundtrack for “Halloween” by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies
“Common Blah” by Weakened Friends
“Bach: The Cello Suites – Recomposed by Peter Gregson” by Peter Gregson
“Ovation” by Angele Dubeau and La Pieta

EP’s:
“Lost” by Brent Faiyaz
“Happier” Remixes by Marshmello and  Bastille
“In Support of 5ame Dude, Vol. 1” by Alex Abert
Original music from the motion picture “Mid90s” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“Bylaw” by Martin Garrix
“Don’t Forget About Me, Demos” by Dominic Fike
“What Did Yo Think When You Made Me This Way” by Nothing But Thieves
“La Nueva Classica” by GTA
“No Future in Our Frontman *Volume 1)” by Various Artists
“WORLD” BY rAMZOID
“Mint” by Abir
“Less Relgiion More Sex” by Cherry Pools
“Fair Enough” by Minus the Bear
“W” by W Jay
“Peace & Love” by Dylan Brady
“X Games” by Au/Ra
“Who Me?” by LAPS

2018 Native American Music Awards

On October 12, the Native American Music Awards held their 18th annual awards ceremonies in the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

NAMA presented a total of 34 awards in a variety of categories and inducted a new member into the Native American Music Hall of Fame.

Last year’s Hall of Fame inductee Mickie James and the comedy duo of Williams and Ree served as hosts for the gala event. The Newtown Women’s Society from the Seneca Nation, the Old Bridge Women’s Singers with Saginaw Grant, Felipe Rose of the Village People, Connor Chee with his grandfather, Tracy Lee Nelson, and Twin Flames all gave musical performances. Western New York musician and member of the Mohawk Nation Ed Koban and his band The Ed Koban Group was the house band for the night and accompanied the performers.

After giving a performance on Oct 11 in the Bear’s Den Showroom, Williams and Ree became the first comedians to take the stage of a NAMA event.

In a posthumous presentation, Native American Music Hall of Fame member Micki James inducted guitarist Jesse Ed Davis into the Hall of Fame. Appearing in over 100 albums, Davis has performed with numerous artists including Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Willie Nelson, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, and Arlo Guthrie. The Ed Koban Group, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member Robert Freightrain Parker and former bandmates Mark Shark and Quiltman all gave musical performances in tribute to Davis.

Davis’ cousins Richenda Davis Bates and Constance Davis Carter accepted the award for Davis.

Winners of the 2018 Native American Music Awards:
Artist of the Year: Annie Humphrey for “The Beast and The Garden”
Debut Artist of the Year: Calvin Standing Bear for “Fly Eagle Fly”
Debut Group of the Year: People of the Star Orchestra for “Dreamwalker Suite”
Best Female Artist: Kelly Derrickson for “I Am”
Best Male Artist: Randy Wood for “Family”
Group of the Year: Twin Flames for “Signal Fire”
Flutist of the Year:
the Pine Ridge Flute Society for “Waziahanhan Siyotanka Okolakiciye”
Best Americana Recording: Sandra Sutter for “Cluster Stars”
Best Blues Recording: Tracy Lee Nelson for “Blues Loving Man”
Best Country Recording: Desja Eagle Tail for “Never Let Me Go”
Best Folk Recording: Twin Flames for “Signal Fire”
Best Native American Church Recording: Oliver Littlecook, O.J. Littlecook, and Kyle Robedeaux for “Songs of the Native American Church from Oklahoma, Vol. 5”
Best Historical Linguistic Recording: Jeremy Dutcher for “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa”
Best Spoken Word Recording: Thana Redhawk for “Fires of Thunder”
Best Instrumental Recording: “Steven Rushingwind for “Rushingwind”
Best Pop Recording: Rita Coolidge for “Safe in the Arms of Time”
Best Pow Wow Recording: Stoney Park for “The Journey”
Best Rap or Hip=HOp Recording: Artson for “Brave Star”
Best Rock Recording: The Native American Rock Opera “Something Inside is Broken” by Various Artists
Best Traditional Recording: Craig Elkshoulder for “ Sweat Lodge Songs”
Best Waila Recording: O’odham Nights for “All for You”
Record of the Year: “Don’t Let the Drums Go Silent” by Saginaw Grant
Song of the Year: “Women and Water” by Paco Fralick and Michael Bucher
Best Single Recording: “Left Right Left “by Micki James
Best Dance Song: “Going Back to My Roots” by Felipe Rose
Best New Age Instrumental Song: Connor Chee for “Beginnings”
Best Music Video Concept: Supaman, Bear Fox, and Teio Swathe for “Sky World”
Best Music Video Narrative: Terrance. Jade for “Lakota Will Live”
Best Music Video Performance: Indian City for “Through the Flood”
Native Heart: Alexander Van Bubenheim for “Don’t Let the Drums Go Silent”
Best National Radio Program: Pow Wow Radio on Pow Wows.com
Best Indie Artist: P.J. Vegas for “Tears”
Comedian of the Year: Tonia Jo Hall

Disturbed

The heavy metal rock band Disturbed have just released a new album – their seventh – and are hitting the road for a world tour beginning with the U.S. in January.

Three Days Grace are scheduled to open the North American portion of the tour.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 26.

Evolution tour dates:
Jan 9 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA
Jan 11 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Jan 12 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Jan 14 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Jan 16 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Jan 17 at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM
Jan 19 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 22 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Jan 23 at the Srint Center in Kansas City, MO
Jan 25 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX
Jan 26 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Jan 28 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Jan 30 at the Civic Center in Peoria, IL
Feb 1 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Feb 16 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Feb 18 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Feb 20 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 21 at the Capitol One Arena in Washington, DC
Feb 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Feb 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Feb 27 at the DCU Center in Worchester, MA
March 1 at Place Bell in Montreal, QC
March 2 at the KeyBank Arena in Buffalo, NY
March 4 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
March 5 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
March 7 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
March 8 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL
April 18 at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain
April 19 at the Razzmatazz I Barcelona, Spain
April 21 at Halle 622 in Zurich, Switzerland
April 22 at Alcatraz in Milan, Italy
April 24 at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria
April 25 at Zenith in Munich, Germany
April 27 at the Rockhal in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
April 28 at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany
April 30 at Annexet in Stockholm, Sweden
May 1 at the Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway
May 3 at the K.B. Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark
May 4 at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin, Germany
May 6 at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany
May 7 at the Afas Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 9 at the Elysee Montmartre in Paris, France
May 11 at the Alexandria Palace in London, UK
May 13 at the O2 Academy in Glasgow, UK
May 14 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, UK

They Came and Gave the Love to Redbone

Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show made a return visit to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on October 10.

This time it was to a concert to pay tribute to the Native American Music Hall of Fame band Redbone. Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show is a fitting band to perform a proper tribute of the Native American rock band’s music. Band leader Thunderhand Joe spent 20 years as the drummer for Redbone and has intimate knowledge of the music.

For this tribute concert, Thunderhand Joe took a unique approach to laying out the songs – he hose to perform the songs according to the release dates of the albums, beginning with the band’s debut album – “Redbone”.

The band opened the show with “Nike Hokey” and payed “Tennessee Girl”, “Little Girl” – compete with a romantic dance – and “Crazy Cajun Cakewalk Band” before moving on to the next album.

Music from “Potlatch” included “Maggie”, “Who Can Say”, and “Judgement Day”.

Music from the album “Message from a Drum” featured the album’s title track, “The Witch Queen of New Orleans”, and “Fate”.

Moving on to the fourth album “Already Here”, the band performed “Power” and “Fais-Do”.

The fifth album “Wovoka” brought the band their biggest hit – a song that is still being played today. Along with the million selling hit “Come and Get Your Love”, the band played the title track “Wovoka” and “Clouds in My Sunshine”.

Due to time constraints, the band moved on to the seventh and final album “Cycles” for the final three songs including “Don’t Say No” and “Give Our Love Another Try”.

More than a tribute show, it was a night to walk through musical history of rock and roll during the late sixties and early seventies – a time when the lyrics were as important as the melodies.

Jamie, David, Dennis, and of course Thunderhand Joe holding it all down on the drums, rocked the stage and filled the room with some great tunes.

Williams and Ree

The comedy duo of Williams and Ree are celebrating 50 years of fun and laughter together.  On Oct 11 they brought comedy antics to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.